One more search in my archives yesterday made me “rediscover” some old captures taken with Ilford FP4 Plus film. A good old film with a vintage look, different from modern emulsions like the Ilford Delta or Kodak TMAX.
This is a wonderful film and I admit that I have not used it as much as I should. My fridge is full of TMAX 100 rolls, so when I need to shoot a slow b&w film I use the TMAX. But, by looking at these images, I should probably get a couple of rolls.
FP4 has a great tonality and a very sharp look. It’s not supposed to be as fine grained as the Delta 100, but it looks more vintage and that’s a look I prefer. I rate it at 100 ISO and develop it with Ilfotec DD-X developer. I have also tried the Ilfosol 3 which provides a sharper image but with more evident grain.
My choices for b&w films after shooting many different rolls , are mostly old emulsions. I like the Efke 25, Kodak TRI-X 400 and Ilford Pan F. The TMAX 100 is a film I will use for landscapes (medium format) and for available light I will push TRI-X to 1600 ISO (the Delta 3200 is a great film, but after shooting and rolls recently, I much prefer the TRI-X pushed). I suppose, the good, old Ilford HP5 will be my choice for this month since I have five expired rolls and want to “get rid of them”. I have shot many times expired b&w films with excellent results, but for serious work Iprefer to load films prior to their expiration date.
Enjoy the rest of the images.
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